Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Billie Bear with Watering Can - my GD card for the Lovely Ladybug girls

I am delighted to have been asked again by my blogging buddie Kerry to be one of their guest designers for her newest Ladybug Crafts Ink digi stamp release. For those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time may I give you a very warm welcome to Jane's Journal. This new release is called Billie Bear and she is a real cutie. There are no less than 16 Billie Bear's in this collection, one to suit every occasion. I have to be careful to say "she" as I must not get mixed up with the other Billy in my life, my sweet boy cat.
So meet Billie Bear, a sweet girl teddy ................my image is called Billie Bear with Watering Can.
and then meet  Billy, my sweet boy cat.
He was very sleepy the day I made my card so he  just opened one eye to say hello.

Now that we have got that confusion out of the way ;0) I would like to show you how my card came into being. I used my Spellbinders 17 labels to cut out my stamp and then chose my papers. I decided to go for something very girlie. Everyone knows that I am not a pink girl but I do love using pink with other colours, especially blue.

I found this pretty paper in my stash and decided to pick the blue out for matting. I also picked out the green for a few accents.

I wanted Billie to be a more orangey brown to pick up the other colour in my paper so I had play with my Promarker pens and came up with this...

Next it was time to colour up the watering can and flowers so I went for the blue, pink and green in the paper. I coloured the image using my Promarkers and Flexmarkers  and highlighted with my Prismacolor pencils.

and here she is...meet the lovely Billie in colour. I made my card on a very wet Sunday when we could not even get out of the house so I spent hours being creative. I decided to make another stepper card as these are really fun. 
I had an early birthday present of some Cheery Lynn dies from my Mum so I cut out some samples to see which I wanted to use on my card.

Aren't these gorgeous, they really look like real lace.

I decided to use the second border down called Francesca (B159)

I also decided to make some hand made flowers using my very old floral punches.

I also used my fun Marianne watering can and wheelbarrows dies (LRO260) and one of their leaf dies (LRO227)

Lots of fiddly  play here.

So finally I put everything together .....here is my card.

and a side view to show the steps

You can see that I even used 2 of my very special ladybird wooden buttons which were given to me by a dear blogging buddie ;0) I tied them with Baker's twine. You will also see where I used the Cheery Lynn die cut border,  it looks like real lace next to the gingham ribbon, doesn't it. The ribbon border around my image is the MS punch my daughter brought me home from her honeymoon in the States.
The round birthday sentiment is LOTV

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Cheery Lynn Celebrate #73
Marianne Design Divas At the bottom of the garden
Charizma Cards Die cuts #11
Crafty Katz sparkle with a bow #175
Pretty Little Ribbons Happy Birthday #20
Forever Friends #58 Girls
Bearly Mine Girlie pink #79
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Make it Monday weekly linky party #133
Sweet Stamping Many layers

Thanks so much for visiting and thanks Kerry for asking me to be a GD for this release.
If you would like to take your own Billie home to colour just visit the web site.  All the digi stamps are only £1.75 each and are instantly downloadable.
If you would like to see the whole new range do also stop by the Challenge blog here.There will also be an new challenge starting today and runs for the next 2 weeks.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x (and Billy)


  1. oh this is so sweet - i love the pretty papers, the die cuts and the shape.

  2. Hello dear Jane and all the sweet Billy's,

    I had a faint idea that those gorgeous cards of yours take a lot of time, and that there might :) be some choosing, sorting, stamping, coloring, cutting and glue-ing involved but wow! I just couldn't imagine it all. Thank you so much for showing this to us who can't make cards but really, really appreciate a beautiful one! And this one really is a perfect card!

    I wish you the happiest days before Easter holidays, and kiss that sweet boy for me, please, he seems to be enjoying the last days of March to the fullest :)!


  3. What a really pretty stepper card Jane, what a prefect way to spend a wet Sunday, or as the case was here several inches of snow. Not that Billy looks too worried about any of it.

    B x

  4. WOW! Fabulous card Jane. Love the image, papers, design and detail.
    Caz x

  5. Beautiful card Jane, you do put so much effort into your card making, they are little works of art!
    I love your Mums gift, the lace is beautiful and will be so useful for your card making. :)
    Excellent post, you will have inspired all those card makers out there.
    Thanks also to Billy for his assistance too! ;)
    V xxx

  6. What a lovely card, Jane! Super colouring and lovely punches and such a pretty design! Hugs, Lesley

  7. What a sweet card, Jane! Love the pink and blue colour combo and pretty details - very jealous of your new dies! Lisa x

  8. oooh lovely pretty card, thanks for joining in with our CRAFTY CATZ challenge this week, x carol

  9. Jane now that is a beautiful card. I loved seeing the steps involved and there are many! It is a real process and you really have to have the right tools and stamps etc. It is a genuine ART. l always love seeing your pencils and markers they look so professional. You did have me a little confused with the title but soon to understand!!! Loved seeing Billy boy, he is so sweet and a character too!
    Have a lovely few days before Easter, xoRobin

  10. Such a very pretty stepper card, Jane. Lovely image and a super selection of papers and embellishments.

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop x

  11. Oh WOW Jane, this is fantabulous!!!! Love the step-out tutorial; great coloring and such a super sweet card!

  12. What an adorable card. Thanks for playing with us at PTT.

  13. Hi Jane, Love all of the Billys!! It was fun to see this special card's step by step process.
    Very inspiring.

    Congratulations again on being the guest designer.

    Happy almost Easter to you and your family,

    PlumCreek22 Studio

  14. Gorgeous card! Beautiful colors. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends.


  15. What a beautiful card! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back in a week for a new challenge!
    Rene ;D

  16. That was fun to see the step-by-step making of that gorgeous card! What a work of art! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. Beautiful card. So much detail, thanks for showing your creative process!
    Hope Billy the boy isn't too jealous. ;-)

  18. Good morning Jane and Billy! I woke up sleepy and would love to join Billy. Jane, your card is so sweet and beautiful with those lovely spring colours! Thank you for showing how you make your cards. Have a lovely day! x Teje

  19. This is just gorgeous, love the shape and image. Spotted you on MIm.

  20. Morning......."WOW" Totally stunning card your image is coloured to perfection and love the embellis thank you for joining in our challenge "one for the girls" at Forever Friends Fortnightly challenge good luck and hope to see you again next time DT Sandra H xx

  21. Your step by step is fab Jane and it shows inexperienced card makers that although some cards can be 'whipped' up in 10 minutes the other's like your work of art take a lot of time and is a real labour of love :-D Your card is beautiful...I love stepper cards and must make an effort to make more myself. Thanks so much for being a GD at LCI again...it's always a pleasure, never a chore lololol xxxxx

  22. Cute card. Thanks for sharing it this week with us at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  23. Hi Jane,
    Glad you could join us for the new release. Great card, love the design and such a cute Billie image. The flowers and all the embellies are fab.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  24. such a sweet card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz this week and good luck.

  25. This is such a pretty card, adorable image and beautifully embellished.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

  26. Thats a lot of work on that card Jane, but worth it, its beautiful.

  27. Such a pretty card, Jane! I love the colours and the die cuts and lace effects! I also enjoyed how you explained the steps to creating it.
    Hope you're keeping cosy!
    Helen x

  28. You can take the girl out of the garden...But look what she does on a rainy day! Love what you've "planted." Jane, you are definitely on a creative winning streak! :o)

  29. Good evening lovely Jane!....Such a beautiful card as always and so interesting to see all the steps involved in creating it. The colours are so pretty and spring inspired...really lovely!
    Beautiful pic of Billy there too taking it easy...He has such a good life Jane!
    Happy Easter,
    Susan x
    P.S Let's cross our fingers for some spring sunshine over the next few days!

  30. Love this card with beautiful details. Amazing tutorial!
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Lots of Layers” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  31. What a beautifull card! Thank you for joining us at Forever Friends, hugs Rachel

  32. Wow! This is really amazing! Fantastic job. Love the design and colours. Thanks so much for joining us at Marianne`s Design Divas. Hugs...Mona

  33. Hi Jane, how great that you've joined us bugs again:) what a creative card,so many wonderful die cuts all in one place,brilliant! Happy Easter, Julie x


  34. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are: #4, #207, #213, and #236.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and My Art... Healing The Soul.



  35. Wow, what a grand card and such a wonderful design. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

  36. What a very sweet card, Jane! Thanks for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  37. Adorable card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Marianne's Divas.
    Hugs Tracy x

  38. Ohh this card is absolutely lovely!! What a sweet image and your garden is looking great!!

    Glad you have joined the Marianne Design Diva's - in the garden challenge..

    Goodluck and please do come back soon,

    HUgs MDD DT Blankina


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